LitStack Review: The Last Days of New Paris by China Miéville

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The Last Days of New Paris China Miéville Del Rey Release Date:  August 9, 2016 ISBN 978-0-34554-399-8 I adore China Miéville’s writing; it delights and confounds me in equal measure. For some reason, he can get away with making me feel absolutely lost and yet firmly tucked into wherever he goes. I am constantly running [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – My Own Wanderings Through M. T. Anderson’s “Symphony for the City of the Dead”

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NOTE:  This is written as if it were being told to an acquaintance, say, someone that I saw regularly at the off-leash dog park.  It contains some admissions that are potentially embarrassing, and many very indulgent yet salient musings, ones that feel incumbent on me to express, for whatever reason.  It is not really a [….]

LitStack Review: The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan

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The Hummingbird Stephen P. Kiernan William Morrow Release Date:  September 8, 2015 ISBN 978-0-06-236954-3 Deborah Birch, the heroine of Stephen P. Kiernan’s novel, The Hummingbird, must not have been an easy character to write.  She is no sharp tongued dilettante nor sharp eyed detective, no struggling artist confronting her past nor wide eyed twixter dipping [….]

LitStack Review: A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

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A God in Ruins Kate Atkinson Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  May 5, 2015 ISBN 978-0-316-17653-8 According to her Author’s Note in A God in Ruins, Kate Atchinson originally wanted to write a novel with World War II as a backdrop; however, she soon realized such an effort was “too daunting a challenge.”  Instead, [….]

LitStack Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr Scribner Release Date:  May 6, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4767-4658-6 In 1934, six-year -old Marie-Laure’s eyesight fails due to congenital cataracts and she becomes completely blind.  At the time she is living in Paris with her father, who is the principal locksmith for the National Museum of Natural History.  [….]

Flash Review – Life After Life

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Life After Life Kate Atkinson Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  March 14, 2013 ISBN 978-0-316-17648-4 On a cold, snowy English night in 1910, a stillborn baby is born to upper middle class Sylvie and Hugh Todd.  They name her Ursula.  On the same night, little Ursula Todd is born with an umbilical cord wrapped [….]

LitStack Review: The Adjacent by Christopher Priest

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The Adjacent Christopher Priest Titan Books Publication Date: June 20, 2013 ISBN 978-1-78116-943-8 The Adjacent was a frustrating read.  A glorious, wondrous, frustrating read. You see, I’m not all that good with puzzles.  Things that are linear, sure, but when they start jumping around and requiring sideways or deductive reasoning based on conclusions that are [….]

LitStack Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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The Storyteller Jodi Picoult Emily Bestler Books First Edition: February 26, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4391-0276-3 What is the point of trying to put down on paper emotions that are too complex, too huge, too overwhelming to be confined by an alphabet? Love isn’t the only word that fails. Hate does, too. Love.  Hate.  Life.  Death.  Survival.  [….]